Quilled Spring Flowers

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I'm popping in on this nice Spring morning (here in Ireland anyway!) to share a quilled spring flower card I had published in Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine issue 129 (April). These daffodils and tulips are fairly easy to make and are make up of some simple quilled shapes.

For the daffodil centers I made cup/dome shapes from some closed coils and coated each with a thin layer of PVA applied with a small paintbrush. That's all for now, I'll be back next with with lots of Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock projects including a mixed media canvas! : )

Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine (UK) issue 127

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

With Mother's Day not too far away now (30th of March this year in the UK and Ireland) I thought I'd share some of the cards I had published in the February (127) issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine (UK). I was commissioned to do the Knowhow Stamping feature in this issue and made 5 cards and a tag, complete with steps for one of the cards and tag.

The gorgeous butterfly stamps I used are from DoCrafts - Papermania Butterflies A5 Clear and I also used the matching dies - XCut Butterflies A5 Die Set (I adore these butterfly dies, I can see myself getting a lot of use out of them!). Here I layered up the butterflies and heat embossed one in white, the centre I colored using Distress Markers.

The pattered papers I used are from Crate Paper Love Notes. On this card I did a little background stamping with a sentiment stamp. The baker's twine I used is from SRM Stickers.

Here's the complete collection of cards in one of the spreads in Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine (UK) issue 127.

That's all for now. Oh and I'm having a bit of a clear out in my craft room so I'll be having a SALE including stamps, dies and some other things really soon! Thanks for dropping by today!

CASE Study #182 and a farewell

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's week two at CASE Study with our fabulous muse Joni Nina Andaya! Check out her beautiful inspiration card this week.

I love the techniques Joni used on this card and I had fun experimenting with them. I CASEd the use of white embossing, the water splatter technique, the blended background and stamped sentiment.

The daffodils I sketched in pencil, then went over with a Ranger Clear embossing pen and heat embossed in white. The background I colored with a mix of watercolors and some Distress Stains (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn).

I dropped and splattered some plain water onto the background, left for a minute and dabbed the excess water away lifting the color slightly. The sentiment is an old one from The Craft's Meow.

Sadly, this is my last post as a DT member with CASE Study, I'm stepping down to focus on some other creative projects. I've really enjoyed every minute on the CASE Study team, Chupa and the rest of the ladies made it wonderful. I'm truly grateful for the experience!

That's all for now, don't forget to visit the rest of the CASE Study ladies and our wonderful March Guest Designers.

Sarah Gough (March Guest Designer)
Kate Lorenzini (March Guest Designer)

CASE Study #181

Thursday, March 6, 2014

It's a brand new month at CASE Study and we have a fabulous new muse Joni Nina Andaya! Check out her beautiful inspiration card this week.

I CASEd the rose background, basic color scheme (not including the flowers!), the light on dark sentiment and stripe patterned paper.

The sentiment I stamped using Memento Luxe Wedding Dress Ink and a sentiment stamp from Potted Garden (from The Craft's Meow).

The flowers I fussy cut from some patterned paper I had in my scraps box and the background is some Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock from the Neutrals collection embossed with an Anna Griffin embossing folder.

That's all for now, don't forget to visit the rest of the CASE Study ladies and our wonderful March Guest Designers.

One-layer card

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I'm popping in today with a one-layer card that I had published in the fabulous special issue Easy Layered Greeting Cards by Card Maker Magazine. I don't do that many one-layer cards so this was a fun challenge for me.

I masked the area for the sentiment before stamping the flowers using a light green ink. The area below the sentiment (from my Potted Garden stamp set) is colored using two different shades of green coloring pencil.

With the mask still in place I stamped the flowers from my Cottage Garden stamp set and colored them using coloring pencils. I love the soft effects you can get with ordinary colored pencils! And here's my Cottage Garden Birthday card in the magazine.

They also used my card as the main image on the contents page! There's lots of wonderful inspiration for all types of cards in this issue.

Oh and my card also made it to the cover! This was pretty special for me as it's my first card published using stamps that I designed and it was published on the cover!

If you're wondering why things have been quieter than usual on my blog for the past few weeks, a furry friend had been taking up a lot of my time. Our house-bunny Cheeky was really sick since the end of January and was being treated by our local vet but was eventually referred to a specialist vet in the city to find the source of his problems. So after a 4 day stay at the vets in the city, they discovered it was his back molars (you can only see these with a special instrument because they're so small), they weren't wearing down evenly and he had developed molar spurs (sharp bits) that had cut into his tongue and gums. The vet filed them down and he's doing a LOT better now! We just have to make sure he eats lots of hay to keep his molars worn down properly but he'll have to go for regular check ups to make sure everything is ok! We just need to get him back to a healthy weight now, he lost a lot over the past few weeks! Isabelle was very happy to have her little bunny home! : )